Follow Me Friday! Week 21! 5 things I’ve learned on my weight loss journey!

June 1, 2015

I am kind of amazed at how fast
21 weeks has gone.
5 months has past.
School is out 
and this is literally the first time 
in my life that I feel swimsuit ready!

I was pleasantly surprised by my weight loss this week.
Down 2.9 lbs!
I have been hanging out in the 
1.5-2 lbs per week,
so I was surprised with the increase.

Total down since January 2nd
59.8 lbs!
And since my highest weight
132.8 lbs!
Weight loss journeys
are such a personal and individual
experience for anyone that is on one.
We each have to learn 
personal lesson
or overcome certain hurdles
that are so specific to one’s own circumstance.

Things I am learning about me:

1. Do not let myself get too hungry.
Have foods always available to just 
grab and eat (aka yogurt or cottage cheese)
otherwise I am more 
likely to grab the kids granola bars.

2. I get super snacky later at night.
We had dinner, then weeded the yard,
watched the kids jump on the tramp,
and overall had that picturesque summer evening.
I went inside and instantly
found myself
opening the fridge door.
I wasn’t hungry,
I just wanted something.
Instead, I went upstairs to my room
started getting kids ready for bed
and kept myself away from the kitchen.

3. Be willing to share with others when you are struggling.
When I am feeling the desire to 
emotionally eat or craving something
deep fried and smothered in chocolate,
I have to tell someone. 
Anyone who is around works.
I literally say,
I am struggling.
I want to eat a giant bowl of 
reese’s puffs cereal.
Just saying this out loud
stops me from giving in to this.
I have hid myself in the pantry before
eating a candy bar as fast as I can
so that no one can stop me
because I wanted to make myself feel better.
That doesn’t work!
Be vocal, it really helps.

4. Keep the end goal in mind!
Is losing the weight important enough
to you that you will make the 
necessary sacrifices to reach that goal.
Always keep that goal
at the forefront of your mind
and when you are faced with
situations where indulging in
the immediate satisfaction of some food
could be so easy
you will find that you have the strength
to make the hard choices.
You really are stronger than you know!
5. Stop saying I can’t!
I can’t do this. I have no willpower.
I am not disciplined enough.
I believe in the power of positive thinking.
I have spent so much of my life
feeling like I couldn’t do it.
I’d never make it to my goal.
I believed from the time I started this diet
that I would reach my goal.
And I am almost there.
The longer you keep those messages
of I can’t in your mind,
then you begin to truly believe that.
Tell yourself that YOU CAN!
Look yourself in the mirror
and say that you can do it,
whatever it is!
I can go without sugar today!
You can! I know it!

i will
i am strong
i can take time for me, that is okay
i am beautiful, inside and out
i CAN find time to eat a healthy balanced diet
i am not less of a person if my house is messy
i can do anything i put my mind to


Just saying thanks wouldn’t just be enough, for the fantastic fluency in your writing.J Marie

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